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Renter's Guide to Miami Gardens
Make Miami Gardens your personal garden!
This Miami suburb really lives up to its name. Over 100 new trees have been planted in the city in the past year alone.
The city is only about 15 miles from Miami, 20 miles from Coral Gables, and 222 miles from Orlando.
The weather here's usually sunny – and a little balmy. Winter lows average just above 60ºF, so no need for mittens and a scarf! The summer highs are usually around the upper 80s.
There are really only two seasons here – wet and dry. May through October is when you should expect rain, though you’ll usually find November through April to be much drier.
Miami Gardens, FL Demographics
- Total Population135,498
Female 63,226Male 72,272
- Median Age37
Cost of Living in Miami Gardens, FL
A three-course meal for two at a mid-priced restaurant in the city is priced from $40 to $60, while the average cost of a regular cappuccino is $3.71.
Utilities like electricity, heating, water, and waste disposal for a 915-square-foot apartment cost, on average, $139.61 monthly. That's lower than the national average of $147.
The city offers a unique and absolutely free trolley service to all residents. It has plenty of local stops, but you can also use the Miami Metrobus or Tri-Rail systems to go further afield. A single fare is $2.25, or you can purchase a monthly pass with unlimited transfers for $145.
There are also plenty of taxi services here, including Yellow Cab, Eastern Taxi, and Robert’s Taxi Service.
Average Rent in Miami Gardens, FL
- Miami Gardens, FL Average Rental Price, August, 2017$1,184/mo
- 1 Bedroom$1,118
- 2 Bedrooms$1,420
Miami Gardens, FL Apartment Rent Ranges
- > $2,0001%
Miami Gardens, FL Rent Trends
|All rentals||Studio||1 Bed||2 Beds||3 Beds|
|Sept / 2016||$1,201||$829||$1,129||$1,428|
|May / 2016||$1,206||$792||$1,148||$1,451|
|Jan / 2016||$1,125||$772||$1,039||$1,340|
|Sept / 2015||$1,123||$729||$1,055||$1,327|
|May / 2015||$1,087||$737||$1,035||$1,328|
|Jan / 2015||$1,066||$726||$1,010||$1,278|
|Sept / 2014||$1,039||$703||$966||$1,288|
|May / 2014||$1,005||$647||$946||$1,251|
|Jan / 2014||$1,010||$715||$938||$1,226|
Living in Miami Gardens, FL
Residents here cite excellent public transportation, an affordable cost of living, and convenience to a variety of shopping and entertainment as the best points of life here. Of course, the area's natural beauty doesn’t hurt either!
The city has struggled with corruption within the local police department in the past, but a series of resignations and lawsuits have successfully cleaned things up. In fact, the crime rate has been steadily decreasing for years.
Miami Gardens is very diverse, so its no surprise its also the largest city in Florida with a majority African-American population.
Things to do in Miami Gardens
If you’re a sports fan, nearby Miami has you covered. It has its own MLB, NFL, and NBA teams, the Marlins, Dolphins, and Heat. Locally, Miami Gardens has a very active track and field club, the Xpress.
For local shopping, there are over a dozen stores and restaurants at the Miami Gardens Shopping Plaza. Another popular place is the Dolphin Plaza, with stores, salons, restaurants, and plenty of parking. Of course, Miami is also close by and is known for trendy South Beach boutiques and name brand stores.
For a day of fun with the kids, you can’t beat Action Town Florida in nearby Hialeah. They have everything you need for a great outing, including bumper cars, jump castles, miniature golf, and laser tag.
More family fun can be had at Everglades Safari Park, where you can learn about the local wetlands and the animals that live there, all during a boat tour. For free entertainment, head over to Hialeah Park Racing and catch the horse races. Betting is optional!
Miami Gardens is full of parks. There’s the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, with exercise rooms, sports fields, meeting places, and a track. AJ King Park also has a track, plus a playground for the kids. Andover Park has some playgrounds of its own, and it's also a popular spot for food trucks.
For a great day of couple’s fun, try the Calder Race Course. There’s not only a one mile thoroughbred track, but a casino as well. With frequent live music and plenty of dining options, it makes a great date destination.
Each summer Miami Gardens hosts the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival. which features the top jazz performers from around the world, along with some great food and art. The Jamaican Jerk Festival is also not to be missed, particularly if you’re a fan of Caribbean food and music.
Employment and Economy
The local economy is varied among several top employers. Those in healthcare can find opportunities with the massive Baptist Health of South Florida. The University of Miami also provides tons of jobs.
Publix – a South Florida grocery store company with a presence throughout the Southeast – has its headquarters in the area. Those interested in management, retail, or logistics should give it a look.
Miami Gardens, FL Households
- Total Number of Households38,169
Family 28,206Non-family 9,963
Children 14,694No Children 23,475
- Average People Per Household3.52
- Median Household Income$38,519
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,111
Education in Miami Gardens
Public schools here are part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. There are six elementary schools and two high schools in the city. One of the elemntary schools is the magnet school North Dade Center for Modern Languages Elementary, which was included on Niche’s 2016 list of best public schools.
There are several top notch higher education options in Miami, but Miami Gardens itself is also home to Florida Memorial University, a member of the United Negro College Fund. St. Thomas University is also located here. It’s a Catholic university with outstanding law, business, and theology programs.
Miami Gardens, FL Education Statistics
- No High School8%
- Some High School48%
- Some College22%
- Associate Degree8%
- Bachelor Degree9%
- Graduate Degree4%
Tips for Renting in Miami Gardens
When you move to Miami Gardens, you’ll have several important rights as a renter.
Your landlord is required to return your security deposit within one month of your move out date. If they don't, you can sue for the full amount in small claims court.
If you find yourself behind on rent, you have three days past the due date to pay before your landlord can begin the eviction process. They must also provide you with at least 12 hours notice if they need to enter your apartment at any point during your stay.
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